Batmobile Copyright: When Functional Element Is A 'Character'

Law360, New York (October 1, 2015, 4:09 PM EDT) -- In early 2013, Judge Ronald Lew determined that the Batmobile is a comic book character entitled to full copyright protection in DC Comics v. Towle, 989 F. Supp. 2d 948 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 7, 2013).[1] Just last week, the Ninth Circuit affirmed Judge Lew's decision, endorsing copyright protection for Batman's four-wheeled sidekick....

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